What does tough mean?

Definitions for tough
tʌftough

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word tough.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. street fighter, toughnoun

    someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing

  2. hood, hoodlum, goon, punk, thug, tough, toughie, strong-armernoun

    an aggressive and violent young criminal

  3. bully, tough, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobboadjective

    a cruel and brutal fellow

  4. toughadjective

    not given to gentleness or sentimentality

    "a tough character"

  5. rugged, toughadjective

    very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution

    "a rugged competitive examination"; "the rugged conditions of frontier life"; "the competition was tough"; "it's a tough life"; "it was a tough job"

  6. tough, toughenedadjective

    physically toughened

    "the tough bottoms of his feet"

  7. sturdy, toughadjective

    substantially made or constructed

    "sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal"

  8. ruffianly, toughadjective

    violent and lawless

    "the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs"

  9. bad, toughadjective

    feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')

    "my throat feels bad"; "she felt bad all over"; "he was feeling tough after a restless night"

  10. toughadjective

    resistant to cutting or chewing

  11. hard, toughadjective

    unfortunate or hard to bear

    "had hard luck"; "a tough break"

  12. baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, toughadjective

    making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

    "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"

Wiktionary

  1. toughnoun

    A person who obtains things by force; a thug or bully.

    They were doing fine until they encountered a bunch of toughs from the opposition.

  2. toughverb

    To endure.

  3. toughverb

    To toughen.

  4. toughadjective

    strong and resilient; sturdy

    The tent, made of tough canvas, held up to many abuses.

  5. toughadjective

    difficult to cut or chew

    To soften a tough cut of meat, the recipe suggested simmering it for hours.

  6. toughadjective

    rugged or physically hardy

    Only a tough species will survive in the desert.

  7. toughadjective

    Stubborn.

    He had a reputation as a tough negotiator.

  8. toughadjective

    harsh or severe

  9. toughadjective

    rowdy or rough.

    A bunch of the tough boys from the wrong side of the tracks threatened him.

  10. toughadjective

    difficult or demanding

    This is a tough crowd.

  11. toughadjective

    Undergoing plastic deformation before breaking.

  12. Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. TOUGHadjective

    Etymology: toh , Saxon.

    Of bodies some are fragile, and some are tough, and not fragile. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    The bow he drew,
    And almost join’d the horns of the tough eugh. Dryden.

    Fate with nature’s law would strive,
    To shew plain-dealing once an age may thrive;
    And when so tough a frame she could not bend,
    Exceeded her commission to befriend. Dryden.

    O sides you are too tough!
    Will you yet hold? William Shakespeare.

    A body made of brass the crone demands
    For her lov’d nursling, strung with nerves of wire,
    Tough to the last, and with no toil to tire. Dryden.

Wikipedia

  1. Tough

    Tough is a song written by Joe Leathers and Monty Criswell, and recorded by American country music artist Craig Morgan. It was released in March 2007 as the second single from his album Little Bit of Life.

ChatGPT

  1. tough

    Tough refers to something that is strong, resilient, durable, or difficult to break, tear, or damage. It can also refer to someone who is physically or emotionally strong, unyielding, or stout-hearted in order to overcome challenges or adversity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tough

    having the quality of flexibility without brittleness; yielding to force without breaking; capable of resisting great strain; as, the ligaments of animals are remarkably tough

  2. Tough

    not easily broken; able to endure hardship; firm; strong; as, tough sinews

  3. Tough

    not easily separated; viscous; clammy; tenacious; as, tough phlegm

  4. Tough

    stiff; rigid; not flexible; stubborn; as, a tough bow

  5. Tough

    severe; violent; as, a tough storm

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tough

    tuf, adj. not easily broken: firm: stiff, viscous, sticky: stubborn, hard to manage, trying: violent: tenacious: able to endure hardship.—n. a rough, a bully.—v.t. or v.i. Tough′en, to make or become tough.—adj. Tough′ish, rather tough.—adv. Tough′ly.—n. Tough′ness. [A.S. tóh; cog. with Ger. zähe.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TOUGH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Tough is ranked #74375 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Tough surname appeared 260 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Tough.

    93.8% or 244 total occurrences were White.
    3% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tough' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3162

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tough' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2971

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tough' in Adjectives Frequency: #328

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tough in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tough in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of tough in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Peddle:

    Anybody who tells you it's not tough, they are lying.

  2. President George W. Bush:

    I ’m sure every nominee before you would have personal beliefs about that precedent and many others. But all nominees are united in their belief that what they think about a precedent should not bear on how they will decide cases. She was more pragmatic two years ago – just days before the presidential election – about the chances that Roe v. Wade would be overturned in coming years : I don't think the core case -- Roe's holding that women have a right to abortion -- I don't think that will change, but I think the question of whether people can get late-term abortions -- how many restrictions can be put on clinics -- I don't think that will change. Brett Kavanaugh, steady insider The federal appeals court here in Washington is seen as a professional stepping-stone to Supreme Court. Three current justices( John Roberts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas) served on that bench before joining the high court, as did Scalia. Now Brett Kavanaugh is poised to make the leap, though if history is any guide, Brett Kavanaugh could face an especially tough Senate confirmation. It is the image that may cement – or sink – the Supreme Court aspirations of Brett Kavanaugh. Brett Kavanaugh elevation to the federal appeals court was celebrated with a Rose Garden swearing-in by a fellow Catholic who's now retiring from the bench, Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom Brett Kavanaugh served as a law clerk in 1993. Front and center : Brett Kavanaugh former boss, President George W. Bush, the man who nominated Brett Kavanaugh. I chose Brett Kavanaugh because of the force of Brett Kavanaugh mind, the breadth of Brett Kavanaugh experience and the strength of Brett Kavanaugh character.

  3. De Minaur:

    Reilly is an incredible competitor, a super tough guy to play and a great friend, it's a bit of a lottery out here. I just had to guess the right way (when returning) on a couple (of) big points and I was fortunate to get the win today.

  4. Ivanka Trump:

    I know your pain. I know you're hurt, we had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it, especially the other side, but you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don't want anybody hurt. It's a very tough period of time.

  5. New Orleans Pelicans:

    Our top guys have been out a lot of the time throughout the season. It's been tough.

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